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Where did the time go?

It seems like yesterday the Wise Guy was modeling new swim trunks at the beach.

Now look where we are.

One minute, beach goers are flying around like they’ve just seen something terrible; the next, dry leaves are flying around something terrible.

It’s already Week 9 of the high school football season.

Man, it went fast.

The Wise Guy still has patio stuff to put away, but there’s no time for that now. (Don’t tell Mrs. Wisenheimer.)

Nope, this is an XL (extra-long) weekend for football junkies around here.

We’ve got De La Salle playing Thursday night, with a sixth victory and a playoff berth on the line.

We’ve got a potful of games Friday. They include some the Wise Guy wishes weren’t being played. (More on that later.)

We’ve got Parkway Christian playing Saturday.

Then, to top it all off, we’ve got the playoff selection show after church Sunday, and then we’ve got to break down the districts and the match-ups and what have you.

There’s going to be no time for patio stuff until Monday, at the earliest. (Don’t tell you-know-who.)

Here are this week’s predictions:


DE LA SALLE (5-3) at DETROIT CONSORTIUM (4-4): News of De La Salle’s crazy loss to Detroit Catholic Central, which happened Saturday when the Shamrocks returned a missed field goal for a touchdown on the final play of what had been a tied game, and the Pilots’ crazy loss to Brother Rice earlier in the season, made a national sports news Web site this week. How about a nice, boring, three-touchdown win for the guys in purple? OK. Prediction: De La Salle by 18.


LUTHERAN NORTH (4-4) at RICHMOND (7-1): Richmond, the Blue Water Area Conference champion, goes for its eighth win in a row. Lutheran North and the Blue Devils have closed the regular season against one another each of the last seven years. A Richmond win would tie the series 4-4. Prediction: Richmond by 6.

L’ANSE CREUSE NORTH (7-1) at MARYSVILLE (5-3): L’Anse Creuse North, a newly crowned Macomb Area Conference Blue Division co-champ, beat the Vikings 42-17 last year in the teams’ first meeting. Prediction: L’Anse Creuse North by 11.

PORT HURON (5-3) at CHIPPEWA VALLEY (7-1): Everybody nicknamed a Big Red, forget it. Forget what happened last week. The PH Big Reds lost to Warren-Mott and lost a chance to win the MAC White; the CV Big Reds lost to Dakota and lost a chance to win the MAC Red. There’s a playoff berth on the line for Port Huron, and an eight-win season at stake for CV. Chippewa hasn’t won eight games in a regular season since 2003. The Wise Guy is no philosopher. Still, he who forgets most, laughs last. Prediction: Chippewa Valley by 6.

MOUNT CLEMENS (3-5) at WARREN WOODS-TOWER (6-2): Warren Woods-Tower has won five games in a row against Mount Clemens, a streak that started in 1996. The playoff-bound Titans can win seven games in a season for the first time since 2007. Prediction: WWT by 7.

STEVENSON (4-4) at WARREN-MOTT (8-0) Stevenson, fresh off a win over arch rival Eisenhower, still entertains hopes of getting into the playoffs with five victories. Warren-Mott, fresh off its MAC White-clinching win over Port Huron, is gunning for the first 9-0 regular season in the history of the program forged by the 1992 consolidation of Warren and Mott highs. Prediction: Warren-Mott by 5.

SOUTH LAKE (4-4) at CLINTONDALE (8-0): Clintondale has the MAC Bronze title in its pocket. Now the Dragons go for their second consecutive 9-0 regular season. Clintondale has won 21 in a row against South Lake, a streak that started in 1977. Prediction: Clintondale by 9.

COUSINO (1-7) at EISENHOWER (4-4): Cousino’s MAC crossover schedule included L’Anse Creuse North and Dakota. Ouch. Prediction: Eisenhower by 13.

DAKOTA (8-0) at ROSEVILLE (1-7): Seeing this game, and others, on the schedule compels the Wise Guy to ask: Wouldn’t it be more fun if the MAC scheduled Week 9 match-ups after eight weeks of play? (The Catholic League does it.) Perhaps it means two division teams playing one another a second time. So what? That happens in the playoffs, and civilization has not crumbled. Nobody wants a game in which one side is five or more touchdowns better than the other, if it can be avoided. In the case of these MAC crossovers, it can be avoided. Prediction: Dakota by …

Also, Romeo by 7 over visiting Anchor Bay; Memphis by 2 over visiting Algonac; L’Anse Creuse by 1 over visiting Lake Shore; Grosse Pointe South by 11 over host Lakeview; Fraser by 4 over visiting Sterling Heights; Fitzgerald by 2 over host Lincoln; Utica by 5 over host Ford; Clawson by 6 over visiting East Detroit; Lamphere by 1 over visiting Center Line; Madison by 15 over visiting New Haven; Marlette by 8 over visiting Armada, and Dearborn Divine Child by 4 over host Michigan Collegiate.


DETROIT CESAR CHAVEZ ACADEMY (3-5) at PARKWAY CHRISTIAN (4-4): This will be the first meeting between these teams. Prediction: Parkway Christian by 2.

Wise Guy last week – 19-4 (.826); season -- 133-32 (.806).

Last Updated: 10/23/2013 5:05:36 PM EST